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stephengillie 603 days ago | link | parent

Your operation could maintain 2 sets of cash flow: one for patient care, and one for administration. Maybe you could qualify for NGO status and get some government to fund some of the administration side.

This would be somewhat similar to Costco's model, where most (all?) of employee wages come from membership card fees, not product revenue. With this model, you could still let people donate 100% of their funds to the patient if they wanted.

You could even make a slider with an animation that displays the percent which goes to each part of your business - so 10% or 15% of the donation could goto administration.

I love your idea, it's tremendous. Good luck!



fbuilesv 603 days ago | link

You could even make a slider with an animation that displays the percent which goes to each part of your business - so 10% or 15% of the donation could goto administration.

This is a great idea. Check the Humble Bundle's (http://www.humblebundle.com/) sliders at the bottom of the page to see how they handle their "Humble Tip", maybe you guys can do something similar.

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justindocanto 603 days ago | link

I also strongly suggest this humblebundle ui on 'Question 2' on the bottom. This would be ideal... HOWEVER, there also is the possibility you end up having not enough for the patients and plenty for the salaries.

Maybe make it 'what is the max percent you want to see spent on admin cost'. that way you are allowed to use as much as you'd like to for the patient.

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chaseadam17 603 days ago | link

We love the "max percent" idea. We've never thought about looking at it that way. Thank you!

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justindocanto 603 days ago | link

Awesome! Glad I could help. Keep us posted. Also, do you have a newsletter of some sorts? I'd like to signup.

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brittohalloran 603 days ago | link

Wow, that's an incredible UI

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washedup 603 days ago | link

This is why HN is such an amazing place. So much helpful feedback, all over. Unbiased. Informative.

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mattgreenrocks 603 days ago | link

If that fails, perhaps you could appeal to Heroku to waive hosting charges for this.

You never know!

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chaseadam17 603 days ago | link

Those are awesome suggestions. Thank you! We were actually just approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the states, and that will open us up to a lot of funding opportunities. But we love the Costco Model idea!

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bstpierre 602 days ago | link

You're getting the paypal charity rate, right? I thought I saw in your faq that you mentioned 2.9%, but the 501c3 rate is 2.2%: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/donations

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